Getting Involved On Campus Is Key To Survival

Getting Involved On Campus Is Key To Survival

All the things you can get involved in on a college campus.

When you first start college, it can be hard to make friends. The best way to make friends and know more people is to get involved on-campus and there are many ways you can do that.

1. Greek Life

This is probably the most obvious way to get involved on-campus. Greek life organizations do a lot of events and community service and are very much present on-campus. You will easily meet a lot of people and be able to round out your resume at the same time.

2. Resident Assistant

While this isn't something you can do your freshmen year, it's something to look into for future years. You can help incoming freshmen navigate their first year of college and get to know others through the residence life program.

3. Peer Instructor/Tutor

If your university has a "college 101" class you could help teach that with a faculty adviser. Again this is not something you could do your freshmen year but it helps you get involved with freshmen, other students, and faculty. If your university doesn't have this class, become a tutor in your tutoring center. You can again help other students and interact with faculty.

4. Major/Minor Clubs

These are a great way to meet people with the same interests as yourself. I am a biology major that wants to attend medical school and I interact with the Pre-Med Association on my campus. Not only do I get to know people with the same interests but I also get to experience opportunities that I can add to my resume.

5. Living Learning Communities

Some campuses have special dorms for people in the honors college, STEM majors, or any other group of students that interact together. Getting involved in these again helps you to get to know other students like yourself and even interact with faculty and RAs that know what you are going through.

6. On-Campus Employment

I know this doesn't sound like the most fun thing to participate in but it does get you talking to people. Plus, you get paid and who doesn't need a little extra money.

7. Executive Positions

These are a great way to get leadership positions and get to know people. You will be involved heavily with event planning and recruitment.

No matter what you decide to do when you get to college you should choose something that works best for you and fits your needs concerning time and interests.

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What Where You Study Says About You, As A College Student AND A Person

Are you more of a quad studier or a hipster coffee joint kinda gal?

Coming into college, you were probably given the advice "make sure you find a good place to study early on." So what does where you study say about your personality?

1. The Library

You're either boring, traditional or you get unfocused super easily and you need dead silence to study. Do what you gotta do.

2. Starbucks

If you study at Starbucks you probably like to study in a social environment. Maybe you're in a major that has a ton of group projects or maybe you'd rather just be surrounded by your friends and sipping on a vanilla chai latte while you make note cards.

3. The Local Coffee Shop

If you study at a local coffee shop, it's because your entire lifestyle is fueled by caffeine and caffeine alone. Oh, and maybe because you like high-waters and wide-brimmed hats, you hipster.

4. The Quad

If you study on the Quad, you're probably not very easily distracted by cute dogs or cute boys. You're probably also pretty outdoorsy and you hate it to be locked up in the library with such beautiful weather.

5. Your Church Student Center

You study here for one of two reasons. 1) all of your friends from church study here and you want to talk to them while you study 2) you want to be able to easily slip off into the church to pray for your GPA when you're feeling stressed.

6. Your Room

Major kudos to people who study in their room. I don't see how you aren't distracted by your bed that isn't made, or your closet that needs to be organized, or your photo album from high school or literally anything in your room but if you can manage to study in your room without getting distracted then you keep doing you.

7. Your Sorority/Fraternity House

If you study in your sorority or fraternity house it's more than likely because you either need study hours every week and can only log them in the house, or because you're feeling homesick and studying on the couch, in your pajamas while talking to your house mom feels reminiscent of high school.

8. A Combination

If you're anything like me you've studied in all seven of these places and it really just depends on the day of the week, the class you're studying for and your mood. I can shut myself away in the library for hours and get everything done that I need to accomplish, but sometimes I would rather sunbathe on the quad, or get a shot of espresso and coffee cake at Monarch while I'm grinding away at my textbook.

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Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

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3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


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6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

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10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


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11. Should I include a graphic?

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Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

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